Grand Lodge of Ireland


Friday, 29th June – Sunday, 1st July 2018

Welcome to Dublin, the City of Ghosts and Guinness!

The literary ghost story in all its guises has deep roots in Ireland – from the domestic hauntings of Mrs. Riddell's Weird Stories to the spectral disturbances of J.S. Le Fanu's In a Glass Darkly; from Elizabeth Bowen's urbane "Demon Lover" to Bram Stoker's blood-drenched and monolithic contribution to literature: Dracula.

We invite you to join us at the Dublin Ghost Story Festival to raise a pint of the black stuff and celebrate literature of the supernatural — both past and present — in a city where some of the genre's most memorable nightmares were born. Slainte!

To read about our 2016 festival, please click here.

Guest of Honour – To Be Announced

Master of Ceremonies – To Be Announced

Esteemed Guests - To Be Announced

Our Venue

We are most fortunate to host the Dublin Ghost Story Festival in the Grand Lodge of Ireland at 17 Molesworth Street in Dublin, Ireland. While the purpose-built headquarters dates back to 1869, the Grand Lodge of Ireland is the oldest Freemason lodge in continuous existence. In addition to its beautifully appointed rooms, the Museum of Freemasonry will also be open to Festival attendees. The Lodge is conveniently located in central Dublin.


Tickets are not yet on sale. More information will be released in due course. For advance notice, please join our mailing list. Tickets will be limited and likely to sell out in advance of the event.


To give you a rough idea of what to expect . . .

Friday, 29 June – Opening night will feature registration, a sneak peek at the dealers room, and a live performance.

Saturday, 30 June – A full day on Saturday will feature panel discussions of all things ghostly, signings, and an interview with our guest of honour.

Sunday, 1 July – This will be a more relaxed and social day, with more panels, a reading, a book launch, and finally lunch and pints in the pub.

Dealers' Room

Our dealers' room will feature vendors of horrors most exquisite. From new paperbacks to antiquarian rarities. We would like to encourage booksellers, publishers, and authors to bring their volumes to the festival. Anyone who is interested in selling their spectral wares, please contact Brian J. Showers (brian [at] swanriverpress [dot] ie) for details.

Alan Hanna's Bookshop -
Cold Tonnage Books -
Kelleher Rare Books -
Shadows at the Door -
Swan River Press -

Travelling to Dublin

Dublin is served by Dublin Airport, with Aer Lingus providing direct flights from many major American and European cities. Although there is no rail service from the airport to Dublin's city centre, there is a frequent AirCoach that drops off at O'Connell Street, Trinity College, and Kildare Street (around the corner from the venue) among other places.

Dublin itself is quite small and most attractions are within reasonable walking distance, however the city is also served by Dublin Bus, the Luas, and the DART.

Accommodation in Dublin

Dublin has a wide range of lodging available, from hostels and hotels to guesthouses and B&Bs. The closest accommodation to the venue is Buswell’s Hotel on Molesworth Street. Trinity College also offers extremely affordable accommodation very close to the venue.

If your tastes run toward the five-star, the Shelbourne Hotel might be an option, further notable as being the hotel where Bram Stoker first met his future employer Henry Irving.

Looking further afield, the Travelodge in Rathmines is a comfortable thirty-minute walk from the venue as are the numerous guesthouses on Gardiner Street on the city's near north side. Wherever you stay, we recommend booking early.

Other Macabre Attractions

So you've come all the way to Dublin. Why not make a longer trip out of it? There are plenty of places of macabre interest to explore, including Bram Stoker's birthplace in Clontarf, the mummies in the crypt of St. Michan's Church, W.B. Yeats's occult paraphenalia on display in the National Library, the house where Le Fanu wrote "Carmilla" and his vault in Mount Jerome Cemetery, and the National History Museum, affectionately known as the "Dead Zoo".

Similarly, there are a number of bookshops we recommend, including Stephen Stokes in the George's Arcade, Ulysses Rare Books on Duke Street, Chapters Bookstore on Parnell Street, Alan Hanna's Bookshop in Rathmines, and a number of others.

If you have suggestions for visitors, please share them on our Facebook page.


Please direct all queries to brian [at] swanriverpress [dot] ie

Special Thanks

The Dublin Ghost Story Festival would like to thank the Horror Writers Association, Giovanni Giusti of Gallery X, and Keith Stent and the Freemason's Hall for their generous support.

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